A Simple Favour
OUT 21 SEPTEMBER / CERT 15 / 117 mins
DIRECTOR Paul Feig
CAST Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding, Ian Ho, Joshua Satine, Andrew Rannells
DIRECTOR PAUL FEIG’S first post-ghostbusters movie is an odd beast. Based on a Gone Girl-style novel, it was billed as a rug-pulling thriller, but ultimately it’s Feig’s comedy instincts that shine through, and to the film’s detriment. The hook is simple: what happened to Emily (Lively)? She goes missing after asking buttoned-up vlogger Stephanie (Kendrick) to pick her child up from school. The two leads are on fine form as polar opposites who’d become unlikely best friends, but it suffers from an inconsistent tone, especially in the finale, which ditches any attempt a sweaty-palmed tension in favour of increasingly broad humour.